Fashion Make-up HNC

UCAS code 154W

What is special about this course?

If you want to develop your expertise in fashion make-up and related activities, this HNC is ideal for you. A creative, innovative programme of study, it allows you to develop your skills in make-up techniques, personalised to your own individual interests.

The course covers essential and classic make-up skills, fashion and photographic techniques, alongside hairdressing skills that focus on styling techniques and long hair design. You will have the opportunity to produce a professional portfolio of work that will support you in gaining employment in this vibrant and exciting, fashion-related industry.

Special features

  • Programme of study that has a practical workshop focus
  • Out-of-class activities such as fashion shows and photography shoots
  • Production of professional portfolio of work


We offer modern student accommodation in Inverness ideally suited to students on this course.

Entry requirements

  • 1 Scottish Higher at grade C or above OR
  • 1 A Level at grade D or above
  • Both of the above should be in a relevant subject area and include a core skill profile at SCQF level 5
  • Alternatively, hairdressing or beauty course at SCQF level 6 or S/NVQ 3 or equivalent
  • Applicants with relevant work experience will also be considered on an individual basis
  • All applicants will be interviewed and will complete an interview task as part of the selection process e.g. producing a creative make-up plan

Year 1 - HNC

You will study units in:

  • Essential make-up
  • Fashion and classic make-up
  • Presentation skills
  • Hairdressing techniques
  • Eyelash and eyebrow techniques
  • Work placement

How will I study my course?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all students and staff. We continue to review government guidance and will inform you of any further changes to the information provided below about your course. You will study the course through our blended learning approach. In semester one, September 2020, the theory elements will mainly be delivered online through a combination of video conference seminars, tutor-supported study and self-directed study using the university's virtual learning environment. You will also have the opportunity to do an online induction at the start of the course. Practical sessions will be introduced in line with the developing Scottish Government public health measures and guidance, including social distancing. We hope to have some practical sessions in semester one, however it is likely the majority will be in semester two (from January 2021). Where this is not possible alternative options will be available.
  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)
  • You will learn mainly though practical workshops and demonstrations, with some lectures as well as access to online support materials. Participation in fashion shows, events and activities will be an essential part of this study programme. These events may be out with the normal hours

How long will my course last?

  • Full-time: 1 year @ 15 hours per week
  • Part-time (structured): 2 years @ 7 hours per week

Where can I study my course?

  • Inverness College UHI

Start date

  • September


For students normally domiciled in Scotland, including EU/EEA and Swiss nationals with settled or pre-settled status in the UK, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2020-212021-22
Full-time per year £1,285 £1,285
Part-time (per HN credit) £86 £86

Note: The Scottish Government set this fee which has not yet been confirmed for 2021-22 so may be subject to change.

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2020-212021-22
Full-time per year £6,720 £6,915
Part-time (per HN credit) £448 £461

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living while studying.

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK, including EU/EEA and Swiss nationals without settled or pre-settled status in the UK, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2020-212021-22
Full-time per year £7,020 £7,230
Part-time (per HN credit) £468 £482

Part-time study is not open to international student requiring Student Route visa sponsorship to study in the UK.


External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant UHI partner college for more information.

Additional costs

  • All students will be required to purchase a make-up kit and brushes, at a cost of approximately £400.
  • Other costs may include travel costs to work placements and costs associated with portfolios or photographic prints

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you have successfully completed this course, you might like to consider a career as a make-up artist, working with high-fashion make-up companies or freelance, working with photographers, hair stylists and model agencies.

Can I progress into further study?

On completion of the HNC, you may wish to consider progression into further studies such as HND Make-up Artistry.

Is there more information available online?

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Apply for Fashion Make-up HNC

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2021

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands. We operate a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.